My favorite superbowl commercial this year was definitely the little kid dressed up as Darth Vader roaming through the house trying to use the Force to manipulate various in the home. Yesterday I was happy to learn there was an outtake reel put out by Volkswagen, and here it is.
Last June, I was invited to speak at the Arnold Bennett Society Conference in Stoke-on-Trent, England. I gave a 20 min. presentation on the state of Arnold Bennett's work in America and what can be done to improve its current condition. I also spoke about public domain works that are published digitally and the business side of ebooks for major publishers like Barnes and Noble.
A failed project in my mind, the goal was to make a trailer embodying Arnold Bennett's work "The Truth About An Author". Published for fun in hopes that some may find it entertaining in its attempt, however hacked and bizarre it feels, to create something unique and make something old, new and cool again.
Here's the trailer for the book that is now available in the store section and on Amazon. Enjoy.
Ray Bradbury, known for his super-prolific writing habits and countless classic short stories, novellas, novels, etc. is highlighted in this TV piece from the past called "Story of A Writer". As I've said before, and will no doubt say many times after this, I love anything that gives a glimpse into the life of artists.
This 25 min. film is just that, a look behind scenes of what Ray Bradbury did as an author about forty years ago, and when you look at recent interviews it doesn't seem like much has changed for him. And when I say that, I mean it as the most sincere compliment, because his life has been, and continues to be, one of excellence in the pursuit of writing as art. Take a look and see what I mean.
(Note: If the video doesn't appear right away, it's because it's still converting over at Blip.TV, but will be up shortly)
Coming from a film background, these have been a lot of fun to make. With Leslie Nielson playing the role of Arnold Bennett, I've put together a short 1m30sec trailer for the upcoming book The Truth About An Author.
Originally published anonymously in the columns of The 'Academy', and reprinted years afterwards under the author's name, Bennett gives an unabashed account of his early struggles and successes on his way to becoming an English literary giant. Bennett's autobiography sheds light on what it meant to be an English writer around the turn the century. This version of Bennet's classic autobiography has been completely remastered and edited for complete clarity on the author's original vision.
After the response from the last trailer, I had the idea to riff on Danny Elfman's Batman (1989) theme, for a short promo trailer for the book. Elfman's composition is one of those rare pieces of music that can make anything look cool. Enjoy.
With no budget, barely a video camera, a desk lamp, black shirt, and blanket; I made this silly video promo.
The two new videos are up. And I'll be posting some great updates regarding the forthcoming book and information on products for the upcoming store November 2nd.
New videos coming out tomorrow, hope you enjoy.
The first set of new videos have been uploaded, with more to follow. The next set will be coming out October 19th. Hope everyone enjoys the new videos.
"On Speed Reading" page will be closed while the videos are added. See everyone soon.
I've done what I can to improve the audio and video quality of the original videos. I'm uploading them through Vimeo and should have them all on the website within the next week. For now, you can view "Learn to Speed Read" and the two practice exercises here. Enjoy.